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Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossom season in Japan is known throughout the world as one of the most beautiful. natural sights to be seen since the 8th century. The viewing of these flowers, known as hanami, is a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike. From late March to April, Cherry blossoms can be observed throughout different prefectures in Japan, and bloom at varying times. Seeing as cherry blossoms tend to only reach peak bloom for around a week, you can hop all over Japan to see the cherry blossoms bloom throughout all the different prefectures to get the most out of the season.

With thousands of locations where you can view cherry blossoms, there are a few that stick out as being some of the best. Mt. Tenfu in Otaru is a magical place to view the cherry blossoms, the Mountain being well known in Japanese folklore. Goryokaku Tower and Fort Goryokaku in Hakodate is a national historical site with French-style details that make a scenic spot for
viewing cherry blossoms. Moerenuma Park in Sapporo has some of the brightest pink cherry.

blossoms and a picturesque park landscape. Asahikawa Park is another perfect place to look at the cherry blossoms, as they have over 3,500 trees that light up beautifully at night.

This year, the cherry blossoms are expected to bloom later in March, ending in early April. To view the beginning of the season, tropical areas of Okinawa have cherry blossoms that begin to bloom in January. If you plan on being in Japan later this spring, you can visit Hokkaido to catch the last of the blooming in May. Surrounding many of these cherry blossoms are festivals that are fun for the whole family, with activities such as crafts, music, food, and ceremonies. If you’re ever visiting Japan in the spring, visiting the cherry blossoms would be one of the best experiences you could seek.

By Kayley Hill

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